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Psy 490: Survey Design and Analysis

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Class will meet Fridays, 9 am to 11:40 pm, Schulz 1014

Course Description:

This class has two goals.  First, students will learn and apply basic statistic and data analysis skills to quantitative psychological data.  My goal is to teach you how to ask and answer questions using survey data. We will use previous psychology department senior exit survey and SSU student satisfaction data as sources for these analyses. Second, this class is an opportunity to 1) design \a SSU sophomore year experience survey and 2) redesign the psychology department senior exit survey. For this class to be successful, we must create a research team atmosphere where we can count on each other to meet our commitments, we give any and all questions and comments our full attention and we meet the inevitable research obstacles with humor and flexibility.  I look forward to working together. 

Course Objectives:

  • Formulate testable research hypotheses based on operational definitions of variables.
  • Collect, analyze, interpret, and report quantitative data to address a set of  research questions and hypotheses.
  • Interpret basic statistical conclusions.
  • Distinguish between statistical significance and practical significance.
  • Recognize that theoretical and sociocultural contexts as well as personal biases may shape research questions, design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Follow the APA Code of Ethics in the treatment of human participants in the design, data collection, interpretation, and reporting of psychological research.
  • Exercise caution in predicting behavior based on limitations of single studies.
  • Recognize the limitations of applying normative conclusions to individuals.
  • Recognize that individual differences and sociocultural contexts may influence the applicability of research findings.

Please plan to bring a flash drive (USB drive, thumb drive) to every class.

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Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Stevenson 3089

PDF Resources:
Sample Annotated Bibliography
Lorna Catford's APA style summary
Diana Hacker's APA reference style summary